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Syrian refugees say government forces targeted children

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 01:43

March 13 - Syrian refugees say the military routinely shot and killed children while a new report indicates

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They are the youngest victims of two years of fighting in Syria, subject not just to the violence around them - but increasingly to the violence directed at them. These refugees from Homs say they were prisoners in their homes. SOUNDBITE: SYRIAN WOMAN FROM HOMS, SAYING (Arabic): "We couldn't leave the house at all. We couldn't go out. The snipers would shoot right at us. They were on the roofs. We saw children just dropping dead. The explanation for such behavior?" SOUNDBITE: SAVE THE CHILDREN CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, JUSTIN FORSYTH, SAYING: "What the children say to you is that some of the people doing these terrible things are saying 'Because you are the future'." John Forsyth is the executive officer for Save the Children. SOUNDBITE: SAVE THE CHILDREN CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, JUSTIN FORSYTH, SAYING: "They've all been through terrible trauma, a little girl, called Horrieh, told me how when the bombs came, she - and she said this in a very embarrassed way - wet her pants, and all the children did. And when you talk to her now, she is literally shaking." While both government forces and rebels have accused the other of targeting civilians and committing war crimes, Forsyth says refugee after refugee has pointed the finger at President Bashar al Assad's forces. Some refugees say their sons have been drafted into services as runners and human shields on the front. Those who haven't been subject to violence are battling starvation or live in fear of sexual violence --- according to a new report by Save the Children. To this date, Damascus has refused to allow the organization and others like it to operate within Syria --- forcing the group to set up bases in neighboring countries.

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Syrian refugees say government forces targeted children

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 01:43